The UK on July 10th began lifting its quarantine for travellers from certain countries that it deemed 'safe' – including Italy.
However, though it is no longer necessary to self isolate when travelling to the UK from Italy, each passenger needs to fill out the contact locator form before leaving Italy.
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The form asks for detailed information about your journey, where you will be staying in the UK, contact information and details of someone who can be contacted if you fall ill – so it's best not to leave the form to the last moment as your flight/ferry/train/coach is about to depart.
The form can be accessed online here and you can show either a printout or a completed version on your phone. You cannot submit the form more than 48 hours before you travel.
The information you need to provide includes:
- your passport details;
- the name of the airline, ferry, train or bus company you’re travelling with;
- the name of the company organising your trip, if you’re travelling as part of a tour group;
- your booking reference;
- the name of the airport, port or station you’ll be arriving into;
- the date you’ll be arriving;
- your flight, train, bus or ferry number;
- the address you’ll be staying at for your first 14 days in the UK;
- details of someone who can be contacted if you get ill while you’re in the UK.
If you’re travelling by Eurostar or Eurotunnel, put ‘Eurostar’ or ‘Eurotunnel’ when the form asks ‘What is the flight number, train service or ship name that you will arrive on?’ and provide your scheduled time of departure.
People travelling from the UK to Italy will be given information about the procedure when they leave the country.
The UK did not have international travel restrictions during the strictest phase of the lockdown, but on June 8th introduced a mandatory 14-day quarantine for all international arrivals.
From July 10th these were lifted for arrivals from a list of 'safe' countries which included European countries like Italy, Spain, France and Germany.
The initial announcement from the UK government referred only to arrivals in England, but devolved authorities in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland later confirmed that they would be applying the same rules.
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Italy was one of the first EU countries to lift its travel restrictions for arrivals from within Europe – including the UK – on June 3rd, so there are now no extra measures required at the Italian border.
From July 1st the EU began opening up its external borders to countries deemed to be low risk from Covid-19, although travellers from the USA remain excluded.
Italy has kept its quarantine requirement even for non-European countries on the 'safe list', as well as banning all entry from an additional 13 high-risk countries including Brazil and Bangladesh.